An Overview Of The Different Types Of Blacktop Sealers

Driveway sealing provides various benefits to property owners. Through sealing, you help make your driveway look fresh for a long time and protect it from damages that can be caused by harsh weather conditions, especially too much snow during winter.

If you want to have your driveway undergo blacktop sealing, keep in mind that there are different driveway sealing materials to choose from. Although your choice of material may rely greatly on your budget, it is still essential to know the advantages and disadvantages each type of blacktop sealer comes with so that you can select the best one for your driveway.

Coal tar emulsion.

According to experts, coal tar emulsion is the number one choice for seal coating asphalt because it is the most durable material and provides the most protection as well. Because blacktop is a petroleum-based product, other petroleum products will also bind to it on a molecular level. If the surface of the driveway is not protected by seal-coating, gasoline and motor oil will easily and quickly stain the surface.

Coal tar emulsion, however, is resistant to gasoline and oil since they are not petroleum-based. Water and UV light from the sun does not easily impact this type of material as well. Another advantage this material offers is that the coatings can last for up to five years and even more, depending on the traffic. The primary disadvantage of coal tar emulsion though covers certain environmental and health concerns. In some places, coal tar blacktop sealer has been banned for use. In addition, if proper safety wear and gears are not used during application, the emulsions can cause skin irritation while the fumes can cause respiratory irritation. It is a good idea to hire a professional if you are not familiar with using this material.

Asphalt emulsion.

This type of emulsion which is used for seal coating asphalt is made from the same material you have in your driveway. As such, this material cannot provide ample protection. The biggest advantage this type of material offers is its dark color. On the downside, asphalt emulsion is water-resistant but not UV-resistant. They also fade relatively quickly and may only last for just one season.

Acrylic.

Acrylic is the most expensive material used for seal coating asphalt. However, it comes with several advantages. Acrylic is durable, UV and weather-resistant, and classified as environmentally friendly. It also comes in different colors, which makes it a popular choice for shopping mall parking lots. Depending on motor and pedestrian traffic, it can last as long as seven years before it needs to be re-applied.

Preparing for Fall and Winter Emergencies at Home

Fall and Winter is the time of year for the harshest weather in many areas of the country. It’s important to take the time to prepare for any emergency possibility. Here are some tips to help you keep your home and family safe through the Fall and Winter months of the year.

Thing to Check

When it gets cold outside, most of us will light up the fireplace or turn up the heat. No matter the method of heating you use in your home, it’s critical to check each method for safety before and during usage. For example, your fireplace should be checked and cleaned once per year especially if you use it often. It’s usually best to leave fireplace cleaning, or as many services are called, “chimney sweeps” as it can be a dangerous and dirty job. If you have a furnace, it’s important to do a comprehensive check on the furnace if you haven’t used it in a while. Same if you use baseboard heaters or other types of heating appliances. You should also make sure to clean all vents, replace all filters and make sure nothing is in front of, on top of or near any heating elements.

Something else that is critical to check is your smoke detector or smoke alarm. You should be checking the batteries on these once a month. Make sure to press the button on the detector to test the sound. You might also want to test the alarm by lighting a match underneath it to see if the alarm goes off and how quickly. Also, you should always use new, fresh batteries in your smoke detectors.

If you live in an area where it regularly or often gets below freezing during the winter months, it’s critical to take steps to make sure that your pipes don’t freeze. For any pipes that are exposed to the weather, such as outside your home, you can purchase foam or insulation that will wrap around those pipes to protect them from freezing. However, the best way to keep your pipes from freezing is to simply keep your water running, it just needs to be a slow drip or tiny stream of water to keep the water from freezing.

Emergency Preparation

The colder months are also the time when storms and weather make it more likely that the electricity will go out. Prepare for this by having some essential emergency supplies handy. Things like an emergency supply of food and water, extra blankets, a portable battery powered radio and battery powered LED flashlights.

New and Emerging Forms of Ethical Timber

timber is such an amazing natural resource! We build our homes with it, it provides shade for our children to play under, we carve beautiful furniture to sit around with friends and family. There is no doubt that timber is one of those resources that can be found in so many aspects of our daily lives. Which is why it’s so important to consider sustainability in this field.

The great thing about timber is that it is a renewable and recyclable natural resource.

But there are definitely some timbers that are more sustainable than others and there is a push towards using more sustainable alternatives, especially in furniture production. Timbers like oak which are hugely popular in furniture and flooring are slow-growing and often produced only for their lumbar which means they aren’t as sustainable as fast-growing alternatives.

There is a move towards using more sustainable woods in the mass production of furniture. With plenty of great alternatives out there, we are proud to curate some beautiful sustainable timbers in our collection. Check out some of the timbers our artisans work with and what makes them sustainable:

1. Sheesham wood

Sheesham wood is native to the Indian subcontinent and is also known as Indian Rosewood. The Punjab region is the largest producer of Sheesham timber in Pakistan and India.

Here are some of the characteristics of sheesham wood:

*It has beautiful irregular grain structure which is very distinctive in appearance and can be polished to a fine finish.
*The timber is strong and durable which means it maintains its shape well during handling and construction.
*Because of its strength and density, sheesham wood is also an ideal material for decorative carvings

2. Mango wood

Mango wood has been increasing in popularity in recent years – largely due to the fact that it is considered a highly sustainable timber. Obviously there is a huge demand for mango fruit and once a tree passes its prime fruiting years, in the past it would simply be cut down.

Here are some of mango wood’s characteristics:

*Densely grained hardwood with a strong structure
*Production costs of working with mango wood are comparatively low because it is a *It has an unusual grain with a fine close knit texture. This means the wood is fast and easy to finish as it does not need extensive sanding or sealing
*In furniture production, mango wood is often stained in colours similar to teak or oak
*Almost 75 million tons of mangoes are produced in India every year with heaps of the fast-growing trees cut down to make room for younger, more fruitful trees – so using mango wood helps reduce waste, improve sustainability and provide another income stream for farmers.

3. Neem wood

Neem wood is native to India and the subcontinent and is part of the mahogany family. It is also known as Nimtree or Indian Lilac. The neem tree is an evergreen and is a fast-growing tree that reaches heights of up to 20 metres and in rare cases can grow up to 40 metres tall. It is ready to cut for timber between 5-7 years.

Here are some of neem wood’s characteristics:

*It features interlocking, coarse and rough grain that makes the wood very durable
*While related to the Mahogany tree family, it is easy to work with and carve by either hand or machine
*The neem tree is known for it’s drought resistance and is often used for shade
*It has multiple other uses including traditional medicine – Siddha and Ayurvedic practitioners use neem products, espeically for treating skin disease; neem is used a natural alternative to pesticides; the oil is used in cosmetics like soap, shampoo and toothpaste; and for centuries neem twigs have been used as toothbrushes. The stick is first chewed as a toothbrush and then split and used as a tongue cleaner. Cool hey!